DataDirect Networks (DDN) Announces World’s Highest Scalability Storage Appliance; Processes 55 Billion Objects Per Day for Cloud Service Providers and Big Data Global Environments

DDN’s Release of WOS 2.0 Object Storage Architecture for Globally-Distributed Environments Provides Significant Big Data Scalability and Efficiency in a Feature-Rich Cloud Storage Platform

CHATSWORTH, CA — (October 12, 2011) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world’s largest privately held information storage company, today unveiled the next generation of its Web Object Scaler™ (WOS™) system, WOS 2.0. With this new release, DDN introduces advanced accessibility and data protection features to compliment an appliance built with the world’s fastest cloud storage system, capable of scalable performance 70 percent faster than Amazon S3[1] and more than 100 times faster than EMC Atmos[2].

WOS 2.0 responds to growing industry requirements for geographically distributed Big Data applications, storage as a service providers, and rich content organizations seeking easy accessibility, robust management capabilities, and industry-leading scalability to meet accelerating data growth.

“As more organizations move toward cloud paradigms, there is an exponential business need to globally ingest, store, process, replicate and retrieve hundreds of millions or billions of objects per hour in real time,” said Alex Bouzari, CEO and cofounder, DataDirect Networks. “DDN’s WOS 2.0 is a breakthrough that will help solve the cloud and Big Data challenges faced by Global 2000 organizations across all industries, government agencies and cloud service providers. Our relentless focus on solving the challenges of the Big Data era has made DDN the top choice for organizations requiring state-of-the-art data infrastructure with cost and investment protection in mind. WOS 2.0 is an important leap forward for DDN and our globalized customer base.”

Key new features in WOS 2.0 include:

  • Massively scalable cloud storage appliance architecture, supporting more than 20 petabytes and hundreds of locations — all managed by a single pane of glass
  • Expanded support for industry-standard and popular storage interfaces including NFS, Amazon S3, WebDAV and Apple iPad® and iPhone® clients
  • Advanced system performance, featuring asynchronous and synchronous replication to deliver world-leading performance of up to 55 billion object retrievals per day and 23 billion object writes per day
  • Erasure-code based, declustered data protection to lower storage costs and minimize request latency to less than 40 milliseconds response for small object writes, up to 25 times faster than competing dispersal-based storage platforms
  • A complete cloud storage platform for service providers, including multi-tenancy, billing, and support for custom white-label service

WOS 2.0 introduces asynchronous replication, which enables users to capture and commit objects to storage faster than previously possible, dramatically increasing performance for big files and big data sets.

In addition to policy-directed replication, WOS 2.0 introduces ObjectAssure™. This advanced data protection feature is the first erasure-code protection mechanism for hyper-scale, high-performance cloud storage. ObjectAssure provides robust data protection without relying on replication, enabling single-copy environments to deploy cloud storage, expand usable storage space and reduce overall storage costs. ObjectAssure was developed for environments in which multi-site collaboration and replication is not a requirement, but that do require a lower acquisition and total cost of ownership alternative than traditional, distributed approaches. With ObjectAssure erasure coding, each WOS node can withstand up to two concurrent drive failures per node without loss of data or data availability.

For service providers and enterprises requiring a flexible cloud service platform, WOS 2.0 introduces cloud storage management capabilities such as multi-tenancy, bill-back, encryption, and per-tenant reporting. WOS 2.0 enables service providers to host multiple tenants and custom branding of the smart device clients, Web addresses and email notifications for each tenant. WOS 2.0 also supports multiple billing and subscription revenue models and provides usage-based reporting for pay-for-use billing. With WOS, service providers can offer industry-leading performance, better service delivery, support, cost, robustness and the ability to deliver superior SLAs to their customers compared with other offerings on the market.

WOS 2.0 is available immediately and optimized for worldwide cloud storage service providers, content-intensive Web 2.0 organizations, geospatial and signal intelligence organizations and worldwide collaborative research partnerships.

Supporting Quotes

“Libraries are challenged with providing access to ever-increasing amounts of digital information. Repository collections contain millions of digital objects that form sharable collections across multiple storage resources,” said Dave Pcolar, Head of Library Systems at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Our research interests involve the use of modular, scalable data appliances, like WOS, which grow to multiple petabytes independently of applications and underlying operating systems. The ability of WOS to automate management policies and validate trustworthiness of digital objects is key to its use in our infrastructure.”

“Object storage and cloud storage in particular needs to progress beyond ‘cheap and deep’ to become a larger part of enterprise and service provider markets,” said Henry Baltazar, Senior Analyst of The 451 Group. “The addition of NAS connectivity and mobile device accessibility, combined with WOS 2.0’s high performance capabilities will broaden the reach of this platform.”

“DDN’s WOS technology is a significant differentiator for service providers,” said Steve Lesem, President and CEO of Mezeo Software. “We have teamed with DDN to give service providers the performance and management capabilities they need to enhance their offerings and expedite their ability to make cloud storage a robust revenue generator.”

“The volume of data from video, sensors and media is overwhelming the capabilities of traditional scale-out file solutions. As a result, object storage is quickly becoming the de facto standard for the cloud and big data era,” said Dave Vellante, president and CEO of industry analyst firm Wikibon. “With WOS 2.0, DDN combines industry standard and widely adopted interfaces with the performance of its scale-out storage appliance to bring cloud economics to big data deployments.”

With projected exponential growth in sensor data approaching and eventually exceeding exabyte levels, the US Department of Defense is continually evaluating new methods of processing this data. The US Department of Defense recently procured a multi-petabyte, multi-site storage system to power sensor data applications and extend metadata management by utilizing the new object storage paradigm offered by WOS.

“From our flexible and low-latency APIs to the disk platter’s surface, WOS is designed from end-to-end as a true object storage system,” said Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Technology for DDN. “Unlike other cloud offerings that are built upon traditional file systems, WOS is pristine in its access and data protection performance. Further, flexible object metadata combines with these new storage interfaces to squarely establish WOS as the bridge to enable organizations everywhere to address the next wave of information proliferation.”

[1] From Amazon Web Services Official Blog, October 10, 2011
[2] From EMC press release and media interviews, May 2011

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About DDN WOS 2.0: Hyperscale Geo-Distributed Cloud Storage System

DataDirect Networks Web Object Scaler (WOS) is the industry’s leading scale-out cloud storage appliance solution. When storage needs grow to billions of files consuming petabytes of capacity, all of which must be quickly and efficiently shared between multiple data centers, traditional solutions become complex to deploy, hard to manage, difficult to scale, and overly expensive. WOS is a revolutionary new object-based cloud storage system that addresses the needs of content scale-out and global distribution. WOS allows organizations to easily build and deploy their own storage clouds across geographically distributed sites that can scale to unprecedented levels while still being managed as a single entity. WOS provides high-speed access to hyperscale-sized data in the cloud from anywhere in the world, enabling globally distributed users to collaborate as part of a powerful workflow. WOS radically simplifies and improves how data in the cloud is stored, distributed, and administered. From a single, easy-to-use management interface, organizations can build a global storage cloud that scales simply and limitlessly.

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world’s leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security and intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN’s solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world’s most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today’s information powered enterprise.

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